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Thread started 07 Feb 2012 (Tuesday) 14:29
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Who's making the switch to Nikon / D800

 
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Apr 09, 2012 20:11 |  #2371

K6AZ wrote in post #14238321 (external link)
Were you in as soon as they started taking preorders? Where are you going? I'm sure you have some cruddy old body to take with you.

Yes, I was in on the first day for preorders. I'm heading to NJ to visit family but, I don't have the time to go in personally and pick it up. I do have a cruddy 1Ds III to hold me over. :lol::p;)




  
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Apr 09, 2012 20:29 |  #2372

Definitely keep us posted on when they ship it. I'm way down the list with my order on March 6 but no telling how many will cancel either finding them at BB or doing the thing of placing orders everywhere and only taking the first one to ship.


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Apr 09, 2012 20:29 |  #2373

snaphappyphotography wrote in post #14237648 (external link)
I took nearly 50 shots using the outer most focus points, shots at 1.4 we're at 640 ISO indoors and very sharp, and of course thin DOF. Another series of shots were taken at 5.6 and ISO 4000. That should give you an idea of how dark it was in the house. Was it dark? Not really. But it wasn't very bright either.

My thoughts on the focus system could be heavily influenced by where I'm coming from. Compared to the 5D2 the D800's focus system is mind boggling. I have no way of comparing to the 5D3 or a 1D.

But that may change. My wife wants to get a 5D3 here before we send the D800 back. We live 20 minutes from LensRentals, so that might be possible.

I also want to make a comment about DR. This is not scientific, but I have a shot, a crappy portrait in fact, shot at noon, at 5.6, 1/250, ISO 320 and there is a hint of blue in the sky, and the face of the subject is fairly well lit (no flash). I could just dodge the face a bit in PS and all would be well. But the point is, there's a hint of blue in the sky at 5.6 and 1/250, so you can use a flash at that speed without going into HSS. With the 5D2 that sky would be white. But honestly, I was hoping for even more blue. So the DR is better than the 5D2, big surprise, but based on one crappy test, it doesn't seem astounding. But more tests will come soon and I'll have more to say. Right now I have clients who want their pictures so I'm stuck in post :)

Thanks for that, snaphappy. I wouldn't consider ISO 640 all that dim, but it's still encouraging to hear. I hope you get your hands on that 5DIII before you have to return the D800--really want to see a comparison of the two particularly AF. But your house isn't dark enough--turn off some lights! :lol:




  
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Apr 09, 2012 22:11 |  #2374

I'm sure I'm going to regret this, but the link below has portraits of myself to demonstrate focus and sharpness of the D800. First, I need a haircut and a shave, and I look like crap, so please don't bash me! I'm not sure, I may take down this gallery soon! But here's how I conducted the test -

First four shots are at f1.4, ISO 100, 1/60, handheld, AFS. First shot = center-left focus point, Second Shot = center focus point, Third Shot = center-right focus point, Fourth Shot = upper-right focus point.

Last four shots are at f5.6, ISO 100, 1/60, handheld, AFS. First shot = center-left focus point, Second Shot = center focus point, Third Shot = center-right focus point, Fourth Shot = upper-right focus point.

1/60 handheld in studio environment is no problem wide open, or at 5.6 for that matter. Each focus point is extremely accurate. I forgot to set the kelvin manually, so you'll notice a warmer WB on the 5.6 shots. But still very decent for AWB. I'm extremely satisfied with the 85 1.4g and i'm impressed with the sharpness and image quality of the D800. The accuracy of the AF system with all of the available AF points is impressive.

I think I've answered most of the concerns expressed on forums, such as DPReview, regarding hand-holding, focus, sharpness, shooting wide open, etc.

http://www.smugmug.com​/gallery/22367565_nHvW​Gq (external link)
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EDIT: taking the gallery down later today, just wanted to demonstrate the accuracy of the focus, much prettier people coming soon!


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Apr 09, 2012 22:26 |  #2375

Man, time to pull up PS and shop a police board with numbers to the bottom of those shots. ;)


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Apr 09, 2012 22:26 |  #2376

Yohan Pamudji wrote in post #14238428 (external link)
I wouldn't consider ISO 640 all that dim, but it's still encouraging to hear.

He never told you how long the exposures were. All he mentioned was the f-number and ISO. It could have required a 5-minute bulb exposure to get the ISO down to 640 at f/1.4. Now *that* is dark! :D


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Apr 09, 2012 22:39 |  #2377

K6AZ wrote in post #14239090 (external link)
Man, time to pull up PS and shop a police board with numbers to the bottom of those shots. ;)

I know right! The D800 is pouting right now, not too happy about taking my mugshots. But I promised the D800 that shots of Halie will make up for it in the near-future, she's one of our more recent brides:
http://www.facebook.co​m …4252479519&type​=1&theater (external link)


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Apr 09, 2012 22:40 |  #2378

How come I can't see the photos?




  
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Apr 09, 2012 22:45 |  #2379

jdizzle wrote in post #14239161 (external link)
How come I can't see the photos?

You have to enter the password he gave!


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Apr 09, 2012 22:47 |  #2380

snaphappyphotography wrote in post #14239154 (external link)
I know right! The D800 is pouting right now, not too happy about taking my mugshots. But I promised the D800 that shots of Halie will make up for it in the near-future, she's one of our more recent brides:
http://www.facebook.co​m …4252479519&type​=1&theater (external link)

Yeah, a little easier on the eyes. :lol:

That reminds me a lot of bridal shots I took for my wife's nephew/fiance in front of a plantation house here.


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Apr 09, 2012 23:01 |  #2381

K6AZ wrote in post #14239182 (external link)
You have to enter the password he gave!

I did. It's not working for me. :p




  
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Apr 10, 2012 00:27 |  #2382

Daniel Browning wrote in post #14239091 (external link)
He never told you how long the exposures were. All he mentioned was the f-number and ISO. It could have required a 5-minute bulb exposure to get the ISO down to 640 at f/1.4. Now *that* is dark! :D

Come on now, some common sense assumptions go a long way :)

Daniel, you picked up a D800 right? Didn't I see a review/impressions post of sorts from you somewhere?




  
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Apr 10, 2012 01:44 as a reply to  @ Yohan Pamudji's post |  #2383

I'd love to see a D800 doing stuff like this:

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Should kick arse at it, no? ;)

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Apr 10, 2012 07:00 |  #2384

jdizzle wrote in post #14238280 (external link)
Crap! I leave next Teusday.

They open back up this Sunday for business along with B&H.


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Apr 10, 2012 07:02 |  #2385

jdizzle wrote in post #14239268 (external link)
I did. It's not working for me. :p

Copy and paste it. Worked for me :D


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